Did you ever have a boss who was difficult to work with? Who would focus on your mistakes more and for whom, going to work seemed dreadful for every one of you? We all have experience working with such a boss in our lifetime. However, there are some great bosses as well. Who was more like leaders, listened to us, and motivated us to do well at work. So, if you are an aspiring entrepreneur, you would never like to be like the former, isn’t it? Because being the former would make you lose out on precious employees and being the latter will increase your chances of productivity.
In this article, we’ve talked about how to be a leader, not a boss! Read on if you aspire to become a leader for your amazing team at work.
1. Understand Your Style
First and foremost, you need to understand your leadership style. Find out your strengths, where you need improvement. So, you will first have to assess your skills to find out your dominant style. Once you are aware of your major characteristics, you’d be able to improve your leadership skills better.
2. Be a Role Model
If you wish to see your team being more productive, you need to project the same through yourself. Show them the standards of work you are expecting from them. Once you have a high standard of performance and achieve the required results, you will see your team following suit.
3. Be Passionate
Do you think your team would look up to you if you aren’t really passionate about what you do? Of course not! You can only be a great leader if you are really focused on your goals and are passionate about the same. You cannot just rely on your team members to finish the tasks. You need to get into the details of everything yourself and encourage them about what they are doing.
4. Communicate Well
This is a very important feature of a leader. Leadership invariably involves a lot of communication with the team. Also, leadership can only be effective when you’ll communicate well with your team members. So, make it a point to talk to them, have one-on-one or team meetings every now and then to understand how they are feeling. Only when you will be able to communicate their vision well, will they feel inspired to follow you.
5. Offer Rewards
Another very important quality of a good leader is that he/she appreciates good work and rewards it. If you are good at offering effective recognition to your team and followers, you will make them feel happy and appreciated. And when your team is happy, they will work well and perform better to achieve your business goals.
Summing It Up,
So, how would you like to recognize yourself? As a leader or as a boss? If you would like to make better progress in your small business and create a friendly, happy, and productive environment with your team members, follow the above-listed rules to become the follower which they would love to follow.
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